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Microchip Expands 8-Bit MCU Safety Portfolio

20 November 2014

Microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its 8-bit PIC microcontroller portfolio targeted at reducing latency and power while increasing system efficiency and safety in appliances.

The PIC16(L)F161X family includes Microchip’s Core Independent Peripherals (CIP) that are designed to reduce system complexity by eliminating the need for additional code or external components, the company said. The MCU family offers a math accelerator with proportional integral derivative in order to do complete core independent calculations and the capability to perform 16-bit math and PID operations. Also included in the MCUs is an angular timer that calculates the rotational angel in functions such as motor control, TRIAC control and capacitive discharge ignition (CDI) systems.

Other features include other peripherals in the MCUs include a 24-bit signal measurement timer, a zero cross detect (ZCD) module and support for safety standards such as Class B and Ul1998 or fail-safe operations by combining the windowed watchdog timer (WWDT).

Steve Drehobl, VP of Microchip’s MCU8 division, said in a statement the expanded 8-bit MCU family enables a wide variety of functions including motor control and safety monitoring allowing “designers to create functions for closed loop control with little to no interaction with the core.” Drehobl added this is an asset because the chips allow designers to “create customizable functions specific to their application” while “minimizing their code development.”

The PIC12(L)F1612 MCUs are available today for sampling and volume production in 10,000 unit quantities.

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